Chaninah Maschler, 82, formerly Chaninah Marienthal-Lowenthal, a retired member of the St. John's College faculty, died peacefully in her home on August 7, 2014 after a long illness. She was born in Berlin in 1931, then moved to Amsterdam. She hid from the Nazis during World War II, saved by a Christian family named the Mooks, in Utrecht, the Netherlands. After the war she was reunited with her mother, who had survived Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, and they immigrated to the United States. She excelled academically, and won a full scholarship for graduate study at Yale University, where she was one of the first women to study philosophy. She taught philosophy, religion, and other subjects at Penn State, Bryn Mawr, and Queens College. Mrs. Maschler moved to Annapolis in 1976 to take a position at St. John's College, where she taught everything from ancient Greek to Newtonian physics. She maintained contact with many former colleagues and students for decades. She was a founding member of Kol Ami synagogue (now Kol Shalom). She will be most remembered for her abiding curiosity and interest in diverse topics and people. Among her many interests were gardening, child development, Darwin, Charles Sanders Pearce, Spinoza, and Black poetry. Donations in her name may be given to Hospice of the Chesapeake. She is survived by her daughters, Rina Maschler and husband Joel Silver, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Toni Maschler and husband David Ballenger, of Alexandria, Virginia, as well as by her granddaughter, Josie Silver. Her husband, Henry Maschler, died in 2004. A memorial will be held at St. John's College on September 14 at 9 am.
Published in The Capital Gazette on Aug. 11, 2014